A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met. The child’s parents may apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) to document that the child is a U.S. citizen. A CRBA is proof of U.S. citizenship and may be used to obtain a U.S. passport and register for school in the United States, among other purposes. A CRBA is not a travel document.
- The wait time for a CRBA appointment varies due to demand.
- A CRBA cannot be issued to a child born before the U.S. citizen parent is naturalized. If the child is born before the parent naturalizes, the parent must follow the visa process. For information on visas, https://cu.usembassy.gov/visas/.
- A CRBA cannot be issued to a child if they are adopted in Cuba by U.S. citizens. For information on returning to the United States with your adopted child, visit: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/Intercountry-Adoption/Intercountry-Adoption-Country-Information/DominicanRepublic.html.
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